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Paulo Dybala: the rise and rise of Juventus’ attacking ‘jewel’ | Jonathan Wilson

The 23-year-old Argentinian forward, an immensely talented player with ‘PlayStation moves’, will be key as the Italian side take on Monaco in the Champions League semi-final

The 24 years since Argentina last won a trophy are frustrating enough but they have been given additional edge of late by the suspicion that the conveyor belt that brought five Under-20 World Cups between 1995 and 2007 is not delivering talent at anything like the same rate. Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Gonzalo Higuaín will all be older than 30 by the time of the next World Cup final: when they are gone, who can replace them?

The answer probably lies in Turin, with a 23-year-old who could have played for Poland. Paulo Dybala has won only six caps so far – an indicator of the congestion ahead of him rather than his own ability – but at the moment he looks the likeliest candidate to be the focal point of the Argentina attack at the Qatar World Cup in 2022. It may be that he has been elevated by Russia next year.

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